"Joey" is the ninth track from Concrete Blonde's third and most successful album Bloodletting. The song was released in 1990 and was sung by Johnette Napolitano. One interpretation is that the song is about a man who is in love with alcohol. Johnette Napolitano mentioned in her book, Rough Mix, that the song was written about her relationship with Marc Moreland of the band Wall of Voodoo (who would eventually die of liver failure).
It became the group's biggest hit, spending four weeks atop the BillboardModern Rock Tracks chart, and crossing over to pop radio, reaching #19 on the BillboardHot 100 chart; it remains their only charting song on the latter chart.
The song was written in the cab on the way to the studio; it was the last vocal recorded on the album due to Napolitano's reluctance to record the lyrics, which were hard for her to deal with.